HUMN 3016 Australian History Since 1920

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 100987

Coordinator Andrew Moore Opens in new window

Description In 2013 this unit replaced by 101999 - Twentieth Century Australia. This unit includes a general overview of major developments in Australian political and social history since 1920, and also focuses on particular issues such as the Great Depression, 1949 coal strike, the Petrov Affair and the Whitlam dismissal.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 0953 - Australian History Since 1920 LGYB 4929 - Australian History Since 1920

Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. To give students the background needed to make them perceptive and critical observers of contemporary Australian society and politics;
  2. To present the major issues of political conflict in Australia over the last sixty years;
  3. To encourage students to analyse the class interests in various conflicts;
  4. To encourage students to develop an awareness of Australia's role in international affairs as it has developed since 1920;
  5. To provide students with an overview of themes in recent Australian history, especially as they relate to issues of Australian identity;
  6. To encourage students to further incorporate primary sources in their studies of Australian history and to develop skills that will make this possible.

Subject Content

Popular culture in the 1920s and 1930s
D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo
The Great Depression- economic, social and political issues
Kylie Tennant's The Battlers
Foreign policy in the 1930s
World War Two- military and homefront issues
The 1949 coal strike
The Labor Split
The Cold War
The Petrov Affair
Immigration and suburbanisation
Aboriginal Issues
The Swinging Sixties and 1970s radicalism
The Whitlam dismissal
The New Right
The New Labor Right
Rupert Murdoch and Super League

Prescribed Texts

  • Ken Buckley and Ted Wheelwright, False Paradise, OUP, Melbourne, 1998

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